July 9th, 2012

Rockstar Vancouver merges with Rockstar Toronto and expands

Published at 3:55 PM PST

Announced this morning, Rockstar Toronto will be expanding into a new, much larger facility through partnership with the Ontario government. Rockstar Vancouver will also be merged with Rockstar Toronto, with employees of the Vancouver studio given the option to moving to the new complex or take positions at other Rockstar studios around the world over the next six months.

"Expanding Rockstar Toronto and bringing our Canadian development talent together under one roof underscores our commitment to building world-class teams that can make the kind of groundbreaking entertainment experiences Rockstar Games is known for," said Jennifer Kolbe, Vice President of Publishing and Operations for Rockstar Games. “We believe a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects. We plan to add more than 50 new positions to our combined Canadian team, and are pleased to be entering into this strategic partnership with the Ontario government." 

Toronto is currently an in-house development team for Take-Two, developers of The Warriors adaption, with Vancouver being the minds behind Bully and Max Payne 3, with Toronto playing a large part in the development process of the latter. This merger and relocation brings together two medium sized development studios, making one very powerful studio, and shows that Rockstar has some rather hefty plans for their Canadian talent. I'd speculate that a much anticipated Bully sequal could be in the works, or at least in the pipeline.

Rockstar is also looking to expand Toronto further, expecting to grow the studios staff over time.

News Release from Take-Two: Rockstar Games Expands Toronto Development Studio